Introduction: The Case for Procedures in Primary Care
Dr. Jerri Neilsen had a problem. She needed to do a procedure that she had never performed on anyone. There were no specialists available to do it. The nearest specialist was a continent away. What did she do? According to her first-hand account in Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole, she received instructions by computer and by satellite telephone on how to do a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA). She and her assistant, who was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), practiced the aspiration technique on some fruit, and then both she and her assistant did an FNA – on Dr. Jerri Neilsen .
KeywordsFamily Physician Male Physician Woman Physician Emergency Medical Technician Rural Physician
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